Lewis Hamilton received two penalties after making two test starts on his way to the grid in a place where that was not allowed. It earned him a two-time penalty of five seconds for the race, but also twice a one-point penalty on his super license. It brought him to a penalty point total of ten in the last twelve months. Two more and he would be expelled.
Ultimately, the penalty points were waived, but the top three drivers were still asked afterwards what they thought of the FIA and their performance. “I’m not on the same page as them,” said world champion Lewis Hamilton. I think I skipped a few pages. “
Teammate Valtteri Bottas remained a bit more diplomatic. “I don’t know the whole rulebook word for word, although I may have to. Of course we always get support from the team on what is and what is not allowed, but there are so many different scenarios. difficult. The FIA will undoubtedly do its best, “said the Finn.
Finally, Verstappen had a more detailed answer about the stewards. He remembers being in a similar situation to Hamilton years ago. He’s talking about his debut season. At the end of 2015, he was also close to such a race suspension, after which he had to keep a low profile for the first five races of 2016.
“I was in Hamilton’s shoes, when I think I was on a penalty point or ten. Then I said to myself that I would just stay away from the stewards. I was only allowed them in the hotel or at the bar “, the Dutchman jokes. “As long as I stayed out of their office during a race weekend.”
“It’s a tricky situation,” he continues in a more serious tone. “If it was a crash or something like that that Hamilton would have caused, I would have understood if they had given out penalties. But Lewis didn’t do anything deliberately, he just wanted to do a test start. The two five second penalty alone was tough enough. , I don’t think it is necessary to give out penalty points for such a thing. “
With the cooperation of Dieter Rencken.
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